[konsole] [Bug 397832] New: I wish shortcuts for Split View and others violating "least-surprise" principle be removed

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            Bug ID: 397832
           Summary: I wish shortcuts for Split View and others violating
                    "least-surprise" principle be removed
           Product: konsole
           Version: master
          Platform: Other
                OS: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: wishlist
          Priority: NOR
         Component: split-view
          Assignee: konsole-devel at kde.org
          Reporter: kdebugsforme2 at gmx.com
  Target Milestone: ---

I wish shortcuts for Split View in Konsole be removed or be with such key
combinations that it is impossible to activate split-view ACCIDENTALLY while

I am using Konsole all the time to do my development work by editing files in a
text editor from the command line.

Excuse me for having fat fingers and a cheap microscopic keyboard whose CTRL is
wedged directly below SHIFT but do I have to suffer the idiocy of Konsole and
its keen developers to split the window/screen/view every time amid furiously
writing code and accidentally my fat fingers hit on the evil combination CTRL+(
or CTRL+) ??????

Each time this happens and it happens quite a lot, almost hourly, it forces me
to save my file, exit the editor, exit the dreaded Konsole and then spawn a new
Konsole, navigate to the dir with my files and remember which one was editing,
fire up my trusted text editor and try to remember which of the hundreds of
lines of code I was editing at the time Konsole and its bright UI zealots
decided to ambush me like karate-master Kato on Peter Sellers in a Pink Panther

When did it become "always be prepared for nasty surprises in KDE?"

It should not be this way. It should be "least surpirse"!

Be conservative guys! You implemented a split screen feature. That's great and
a challenging programming task well executed by code virtuosos. But just leave
it there. Leave it in the View Menu for the user to select if (and when)

Personal opinion: Why on earth anyone would like a shortcut to split a screen.
SHORT-CUT is for something you do almost constantly like copy-paste. There
should not be short cuts for rarely used items which have such a drastic effect
and require to initiate a very tedious procedure to reverse it. Alternatively,
just let the user add that shortcut to suit his/her needs. Also a shortcut's
ease of access (e.g. number of key modifiers) should be directly proportional
to the frequency that action is performed by the majority of the users. Why on
earth the UI expert of Konsole gave it such an easy (which means probability of
accidentally happening increases) shortcut? CTRL+( ??? which is CTRL+SHIFT+9 in
my keyboard. With SHIFT+9 hit every few seconds when I write code for calling a

Just because people program this kind of stuff (Konsole etc.) for free it does
not mean that they have to re-write the books and the rules as we know them
unless for a good reason and when the experiment fails they should wrap up and
fix it.

Thank you for the free software (which I am also contributing to and
publishing) but understand the least-surprise principle at least if you aspire,
as I understand it, one day to work for Microsoft.

bw, bliako

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